For the past eight days I have been on a cleanse due to some intestinal issues, you know the lemon juice, cayenne pepper and maple syrup cleanse and surprisingly I'm still on it and I feel great. I have never put much stock into fasts and cleanses, mostly because I am gluttonous by nature. I prefer a bacon cheeseburger with fries rather than a healthy salad. I will eat peanut M&M's til I pop, my family and friends can attest to this. I cannot stand to do without, I am an instant gratification sort of girl. So color me surprised when I started this cleanse and I have actually stuck with it. There was one breakdown on Friday night because my friend the Piano Man was in town from Nashville. When he finally made it to my place, he was starving and I didn't want to go into the whole "I'm on a cleanse, so I'll just have water with lemon" thing, so we went out and I agonized over having what I really wanted (huge juicy steak) versus having a salad (I chose a salad). Because this cleanse clearly says you should not eat any food whatsoever during the cleanse, and when you're coming off the cleanse you should only have vegetable broth for two days, I was a little concerned. I had every right to be! About two hours after dinner, and five minutes after walking in my apartment door, I was sick as a dog. I won't go into details, let's just say I didn't leave the bathroom for nearly an hour. This was not pleasant!
I went back on the cleanse on Saturday morning and I feel fine again. I've set a goal to continue this cleanse until the 20th of August, which leaves me two days to acclimate back to normal eating by the time I leave for SLC and Burning Man. There has been a huge benefit, I wore my skinny jeans on Friday night, and not only did they fit, they were loose.